Like cities and civilisations, superheroes need their foundation myths.
It must be the last act of superhero revisionism: abolishing the word "super".
Back in 1978, Superman: the Movie became the film that kicked off cinema's superhero era; the tone, then, was jaunty self-parody, acknowledging correctly that the jaded decade in which it arrived could not support a face-value treatment of this straight-arrow comic-book hero.
Two years after a stammering king earned him Oscar glory, director Tom Hooper returns with his adaptation of Victor Hugo’s tale of self-sacrifice and redemption in 19th Century France.
Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln, Tom Hooper musical Les Misérables and David O Russell romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook have cemented their positions as Oscars frontrunners following the announcement of nominees for the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice awards.
Wigan have given their enthusiastic backing to a proposal from the Hollywood actor and South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe for an expanded World Club Challenge that could even be taken to Las Vegas.